Allegro Senior Living

Ensemble’s Dark Chocolate Bark with Dried Fruit

In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Allegro is focused on food that inspires and nurtures the body and brain. Here is a recipe for Memory Bark and an overview of all brain health benefits that come with this delicious snack.

Prep Time 2 hours: Yields approximately 1 lb.

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. Dark Chocolate Ghirardelli morsels
  • ½ lb. Semi Sweet Ghirardelli Morsels
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of Cardamom
  • ½ cup each of roughly chopped dried blueberries and dried strawberries
  • ½ cup each of toasted chopped slivered almonds and walnuts
  • 3 Tablespoons of unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 3 teaspoons of flax seeds

Directions

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Melt ¼ pound each of Semi-Sweet and Dark chocolate morsels over a water bath. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the final ¼ pound each of the Semi-Sweet and Dark chocolate morsels into the already melted chocolate. Now stir until everything is melted and the chocolate is cool to the touch but not hard. Finally, sprinkle the cinnamon into the warm chocolate. When …
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6 Ways to Deal with a Senior Parent in Denial

One of life’s most difficult transitions can be when an adult child becomes the caregiver for their parent. The role reversal can be tough for everyone involved. For the caregiver, it is emotionally and physically exhausting. No one wants to watch a parent’s health decline. For the proud family elder, accepting help can be awkward and uncomfortable. It’s much easier to deny that they need assistance and insist they can handle things on their own.

If you find yourself in this situation, know that you aren’t alone. Researchers who explored this issue found that 77% of adult children consider their parents to be stubborn! This is a generation of older adults known for their strong work ethic. Accepting that they need help doesn’t come easily.

What can you do to keep a senior parent safe while still protecting their pride and sense of independence?

It starts by being patient and trying to see things from the parent’s perspective.

6 Ways to Help a Resistant Senior Parent Get Help

  1. Exercise patience: Unless you feel the situation is so dire that …
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Allegro Located in St. Augustine Receives Top Honors for Property of the Year

St. Augustine, Fla.  – On Thursday, March 29th, Allegro, located in St. Augustine, was awarded the Property of the Year Award for 2017.  Each Year, Allegro Management Company recognizes an outstanding community for Excellence in Resident Satisfaction, Excellence in Employee Satisfaction and Overall Outstanding Achievement.

This will be the 3rd year since 2012 that the St. Augustine property will be recognized as the winner for Property of the Year.

St. Augustine was the company’s first community which opened in 1999.  Allegro Management Company now manages seventeen communities who compete for this honor.  Doug Schiffer, President and COO of Allegro Senior Living and Joe Ruggeri, President of Operations for Allegro Management Company were at the community to present the Property of the Year Award to the associates.

According to resident surveys, over 92 percent of residents at Allegro have expressed that they feel ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ with the quality of care and services at the St. Augustine community. According to the employee surveys, this community received an average of 4 out of 5 stars on overall employee satisfaction. Winning an …
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Putting The Life Back Into Senior Living

Today’s senior living communities are remarkably different from senior housing options a few decades ago. The industry has evolved to meet the needs of a more active and engaged senior generation. Not content to ride out retirement from home, they are looking for communities that help them continue to thrive in later years.

With seniors like Betty White, Jane Fonda, and Carl Reiner setting the standard for aging, senior living communities have refined their programs and services to meet changing demand.

Unfortunately, many negative stereotypes and myths about the industry persist. And they often cause seniors to delay moving to a senior living community.

We thought it would help if we took time to separate the facts from fiction when it comes to senior living.

Busting the Myths About Senior Living Communities

Myth: Senior living communities don’t provide residents with very many activities beyond playing Bingo and watching television in the community’s lounge.

Fact: This is far from true! Residents in senior living communities have a wide variety of life enrichment activities far beyond Bingo to participate in. Programs focus …
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What to Do When You Receive a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming. Even if you suspected something was wrong, hearing it officially confirmed can be emotional for you and those who love you. While you might feel as if you have no control over your life now, there are actually steps you can take that will keep you feeling in charge and empowered.

Sit down with your loved ones and work together to create a plan for the future. That plan should start with learning more about Alzheimer’s and advance to more detailed decisions about this complex disease.

Learn More About Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is by far the most common type of dementia. An estimated 5.5 million seniors are believed to live with Alzheimer’s. If you’ve recently become one of them, it’s important to learn more about the disease.

Make sure you and your family understand the stages and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. It’s the best way to plan for the future. Planning ensures you have time to think through how you want your care to be handled and to convey those wishes to your family.


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2017 Associate of the Year Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 associate of the year winners. It’s been a remarkable year for our company and presenting these awards is a true reflection of our success. The actions of our winners reveal Allegro’s values and show exceptional dedication to our residents and associates.

The Allegro Associate of the Year award program is unique based on the fact that his or her peers nominate the winners. 2017 marks the 11th consecutive year to present the Allegro Associate of the Year award program. With more than 1,300 associates, this award has become even more prestigious and admired. The Associate of the Year program has helped bring recognition to outstanding associates and shine a spotlight on their accomplishments.

Please join us in congratulating the 2017 winners.

We thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to your community and residents.

1st Place Associate of the Year: Rose Aemero, Lead Care Associate in Hyde Park

2nd Place Associate of the Year: Patricia Callahan, Lifestyle Assistant in Elizabethtown

3rd Place Associate of the Year: Jeanne McCaffery, Lead Care Associate in Boynton …
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Senior Hacks – Shortcuts to Make Life Easier for Seniors

Daily tasks that were once simple can become more challenging as individuals age and face hurdles such as loss of hearing, sight and memory. Several senior hacks that can make each day easier through this stage of life.

Allegro is highlighting clever ‘Hacks’ or ‘Shortcuts’ to help seniors overcome common hurdles that often accompany older age.

– Ask for a map of your local grocery store and map out your route beforehand to reduce walking. Shop early or late in the day to avoid crowds. Better yet, use Peapod to have groceries delivered to your door.

– Use dark colored switch plates and outlet covers against lighter colored walls so that you can quickly identify their location(s) in a room.

– Take advantages of phone apps to help remind you each day when pills should be taken. Check out the app Pillieboxie.

– Put a sticker on pill boxes after you have taken pills that day.

– Sign up for Amazon Prime subscriptions to have basic household items shipped to your door each month.

– For those struggling with hearing loss, …
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